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>> this is "bbc world news." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and hong kong tourism board. ♪ tell me sweet little lies >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spots? i will show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll. it's a perfect, stunning backdrop for making romantic moments utterly unforgettable.
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i have lived in the city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it ime and again. >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm laura trevelyan. authorities in belgium carry out a series of dramatic raids after this week's terrorist attacks. the u.s. secretary of state -- efense secretary announces a killing of the i.s. second in command. and the rolling stones are in cuba for a landmark concert. >> what will you be looking for if cuba? >> clothes.
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cars. >> cigars! >> a new audience. >> welcome to world news america. u.s. secretary of state john kerry was in brussels today to offer condolences and assistance in the week be -- of this week's terrorist attacks. today there was a dramatic shoot-out at a metro stop before a suspect was arrested. the latest from brussels -- a warning, the report does contain some graphic images. >> it's a police operation, the woman's voice says. outside, they advance behind a bulletproof shield. a child emerges and is hurried away. lying in the tram stop, a man has been shot in the legs. police still train for -- their
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weapons on him the view from across the street shows a bomb disposal robot approaching. he's holding a bag. they want to check if there are explosives. then officers move in. this is the same schaerbeek district for the brussels and paris attackers had safe houses. this operation was triggered from information gleaned in paris yesterday when one man was arrested apparently preparing a new attack in france and not linke -- linked in the brussels bombings. >> they make sure the kid is safe and they shoot a man in the legs the the police asked him to put the bag far from him. that's what he do. he put the bag far from him and after, i just watched and he tried to move but that was very shock. i was very shocked. >> meanwhile, prosecutors today kirmeds -- confirmed that the man who is thought to have made
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e suicide vests used in last year's paris attacks made the brussels bomb. some 40 nationalities are touched in total from the brussels attacks. from america to china, families are now mourning and in the u.k., too. david dixon, an i.t. consultant from harty poole texted his family after the attack to say he was such a the father of a 7-year-old son died soon after in the metro blast. mason wells survived the boston marathon bombing three years ago. he survived again in brussels but has severe burns. >> i remember seeing fire in front of my face and also kind of fire down by the feet -- my feet on the ground. we were really close. i feel lucky to have escaped
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with what i did. >> the brussels shall arpse -- airport is still closed but the u.s. secretary of state came to offer support. he said criticizing the belgian security forces for failings is inappropriate. >> we will not recht until we have eliminated your ny storyistic -- nihilistic beliefs and cowardice from the faith of the earth. >> but despite efforts to eliminate them, people fear there may be march bloodshed to come. >> u.s. defense officials say they have killed a number of high-level islamic state leaders this week, including the man believed to be the group's second in command. abd al-rahman mustafa al-qaduli acted as finance chief for the group.
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mr. carter says the group is succeeding in taking out the leadership. >> the removal of this isil leader will hamper their abilities to conduct operations both inside and outside of syria the this is the second isil leader we have successfully targeted this moment after confirming the death of isil's so-called minister of war a short time ago the >> for more on the irves s. killings and the attacks in bruffles -- brussels i spoke with daniel benjamin, a former expert in counterterrorism at the u.s. state department and now at dartmouth college the will the can iing of the high officials march -- hamper the abilities of them to take -- carry out the attacks like in brussels or just embolden them? >> no, i think it will have an effect on the group's abilities
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to conduct operations in their own area and it will continue to help push back isis -- it's lost between 25 and 40% of its rritory and is finding its finances under great pressure. but i do think one of the unfortunate par doxes of this is that as they are under more pressure as a state, they are going to be even more determined to carry out attacks outside in order to maintain their credibility and reputation with potential supporters and show that they're still active and can score. it's a very important development but it's still a very difficult decision. >> you are agreeing though with the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, who said it's precisely because i.s. is under pressure on the battlefield that it's lash out -- lashing out in europe. so what can counterterrorism officials do? >> they can to their level best
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to share -- share all the intelligence and tips, do a better jop -- job of break down the stove pipes that have really hampered coordination in europe on this matter. there is layer lot of cooperation going on particularly across the atlantic. what we need to see is more effective coordination within europe itself and i commitment to make the investments for intelligence and law incidence forcement and to increase -- in -- law enforcement and to increase staffing. that las plies to border security, which say major problem right now. >> are you encouraged by the number of arrests the belgian authorities have made since the attacks? >> yes, i am. the evidence from the attack itself suggests the belgian infrastructure, the -- that saw itself as having a tightening noose around it and that they felt they tho use or lose their explosives and their suicide
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bombers, who are also a very valuable resource. but there have been quite a lot of operatives uncovered and that itself is, you know, disturbing and suggests that the belgians had allowed too much to grow up under their noses during this period. >> and how at risk do you think the united states is from attacks like the one that was carried out in brussels? >> so there's no such thing as perfect security, and the united states needs to continue to be extremely vigilant. that said though, it's quite stands, t europe is, you know, in much greater peril at the moment than the united states. the matter of geography is very important. terrorists can slip into turep -- europe in a way they can't come to the united states because they need to take planes to get her and we have very good if not perfect
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aviation security and we also have muslim minority communities in the united states that have a much lower level of radicalization the >> daniel benjamin speaking with me earlier the iraqi officials say officials in the islamic state group have used chlorine and mustard gas in the north of the country. this exclusive report -- tell scars on her face the story of what happened in taza. the memories of that day are still raw. >> my daughter fatima went out to play. i saw a rocket landed near her. now i know that there were chemicals inside it. there was so much smoke and a terrible smefment i tried to pull her away, did you the -- smell.
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i tried to pull hear way but the smoke was all over her. despite the mother's best efforts, her daughter did not survive. both were rushed to separate hospitals. the 3-year-old died shortly after. her husband is still trying to find a way to tell his wife. although it's well known locally, she does not yet know her daughter died. >> this is her. her mother doesn't know that she died. she asked me, where is she? i am telling her that they sent her to turkey, but no one was allowed to go with her. i need to wait till her mother gets better, then i will find a way to tell her. >> it's now been a few days since rockets filled with chemicalths -- chemical agents
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hit this house. despite local forces washing down the area, we can barely stand here. the smell of the attack lingers in the air. it burns my nose and my eyes. you can only imagine what it must have been like to be nside at the time. it was in this alley that another rocket fired by the so-called islamic state landed. there are dozens of people exposed. >> i couldn't breathe even a day after. my eyes started to burn and i had pain in my stomach and liver. i was told it was because of the chlorine, the gas. i've just come out of hospital, but still it's hard for me to breathe. >> travel to the edge of town and you can see where the rockets came from. the shaye village was captured
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y i.s. almost two years ago. back in the center, a sfune underway. another child has died from injuries. the 10-year-old brings the total to three. but 35 more remain in hospital. many critically ill. the people who live in taza have spent nearly two years under rocket and mortar attack. they have grown used to the threat that comes from librarying in the shadow of i.s., but chemical weapons are something different. bbc news, in northern iraq. >> the bbc has seen evidence suggesting that a saudi-led coalition fighting how they rebels in yemen used british-made bombs in an attack last year. that would be a breach of international law. the british government says it
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takes its arms exports very seriously. this report now from yemen. >> a sit al -- citadel perched on a cliff. a tourist attraction that somehow became a saudi target. at this not a chent -- ancient site we found new destruction. a house that stood call for -- tall for 1,400 years. "they attacked these plates," says this man. his brother in law was one of seven people buried beneath the rubble. hidden from view in the rugged terrain, the broader power struggle between saudi arabia and its great rival, iran. when the saudis began the bombing campaign, the stated aim was to restore the ousted president to power. that hasn't happened but 12
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moves air strikes have had devastating consequences for the arab world's poorest country. with the death toll mounting there are plenty -- plenty of troubling questions about what happened. this ceramics factory employed 350 people before the war. it was empty when it was struck last september but we're told one man died nearby. here, says this man, one of the owners, are remnants found in the wreckage which prove that british cruise miss aisles were to blame. >> you can see that this is the name of 9 producer. -- the producer. >> he can't understand why a weapon made in the urves k., where he studied, requests -- was used against him. >> the british people, we respect and we like. we love the british people. but we don't want to see our life in yemen like that.
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>> we asked the government for a response to what we filmed here. a spokesperson said the urving k. takes its arms exports very seriously and believes it's not in breach of international regulations. the capital of san awe -- sanaa, what may be evidence -- evidence of a war crime on display. this cluster bomb was dropped in january. the coalesce has denied using cluster immune igses -- munitions, which are band internationally but it's hard to deny the body count. at least 3,200 civilians killed. the u.n. says most from victims of coalition air strikes. abdul bari omar survived one outside sanaa last month but only just.
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>> i'm in excruciating pain. during treatment, after treatment. i'm afraid this very strong pain in my chest will stop my heart. across town we got news of another massive air strike from rebel d ali housi, the leader who claims to control 2/3 of yemen but denies getting support from iran. >> how long can you continue to fight? >> forever, he says. adding they won't accept a solution that jeopardizes the sovereignty of yemen. but he says if the saudis want peace, they want it even more. in the meantime, the houseys -- look es -- houtis victorious at the capital,
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still firmly in their grip. more peace talks shall curming but there are fears that this fractured state could become another syria. >> yemen's agony there. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, it's been 100 years since the rebellion that changed ireland. how it led to profound change on the island. two turkish journalists charged are -- with revealing state secrets will have their trial held in a closed court. they were arrested after claiming -- claims that they tried to smuggle weapons into syria the our correspondent reports from istanbul the >> one is the editor in chief, the other is the ankara bureau chief.
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they were arrested in november. among the charges they face are spying and revealing state secrets. this is in quex the report that the turkish government tried to ship arms to rebels in syria. those are claims that the government denies. the two men were held in a prison outside istanbul in pretrial detention but were released in february when the constitutional court ruled that their rights to personal liberty and security and freedom of expression had been violated. the two mean rived here this morning and were applauded by supporters waiting here at court. those supporters say that this is a politically motivated prosecution and that the charges should be dropped. dundar addressed his supporters here outside the court before going inside for the hearing. >> this news is not an act of
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terrorism but an act of journalism. this judge, we hope, will approve this decision and drop that case. >> among the things considered bit court was whether the proceedings should be heard in public, and a short time ago a judge decided that they should not, so the public and press will be excluded. >> easter weekend is upon us of course and ireland is marking 100 years since the 1916 easter rising. 9 rebellion against british rule left more than 500 dead and helped paved way for partition and ultimately independence. a report now on how the easter rising came about. >> in 1916 of course -- >> 100 years ago the back
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streets of dubly became a battlefield in ray fight for independence. >> around the city, buildings re turned into makeshift garciaons and the post office, a military headquarters. >> 9 irish republic is entitled to and hereby claims the allegiance of every irish man and woman. >> it was here on easter morning that they read the proclamation, declaring an end to british rule. yet it was less than a week from the start of the rebellion to the point of surnder. -- sur ender. many were killed and much of the heart of dublin was destroyed. the field stramming was designed by men with more knowledge of culture than conflict. >> they were poets, scholars, writers, teachers and they had
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a vision for ireland. what had happened under british rule, all the irishness was taken out of people. >> relatives of those who fought in the rising will be remembering this weekend. it's thought o'reilly was only 15 years of age when she carried messages through the dangerous streelts molly's account of what happened is held in irle's military archives. >> i brought back a dispatch to hold the building at all costs. i have a daughter myself who is 17 and i can't believe somebody was out at that age for a whole -- whole week, dodging bullets. no fear. >> initially there was anger against the rebels for brian griesing -- bringing violence to the streets of dub linz but the execution of the leaders changed opinions. >> given the deaths on all sides there are sensitivities
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in marking the occasion but these commemorations are seen as important because in the stories of the rising are the stories of modern ireland the >> the president of the united states made history this week by visiting cuba. now it's the turn of rock 'n' roll royaltism the rolling stones, no less, who play a free concert tonight in havana. all part of a broadering withness -- willingness by the communist nation to welcome those it once banned from the shores. >> a career spanning 50 years but the rolling stones had never stepped foot in cuba. until now, that is. rock 'n' roll legends don't get bivering -- bigger than these but under fidel castro their songs were kept from the cuban yauth -- youth, condemned as
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subversive. it wasn't slong other that your music was banned from the airwaves. what does that say about how cuba is changing? >> obviously something happened. time changes everything the >> does this feel historic, like history? >> yeah, i think it feels like history. they haven't had any big shows before. and it would have been surprising, say, 10 years ago for this to have happened. anyone who's been here a long time knows that. >> it comes at the end of an extraordinary week in cuba. it began with the first visit by a u.s. president in 90 years and ends with the first concert by britain's rock royalty. this free concert has taken weeks of planning and preparation but now in the final hours before showtime, everything is in place for the biggest concert havana has ever seen. fans gathering in the cuban heat are getting excited.
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>> i love them a lot! and i want to thank them for giving us so much because i know it is for free. >> the stones much the stones you come forks brother. >> we heard it tuesday afternoon, booked it wednesday morning. >> if ever there was a sign that cuba is changing, it's this. the world's biggest rock group playing a concert for free in one of the last communist strongholds on 5er7g9 what is it you will be looking for cuba? >> you know, the cars, clothes. >> cigars. >> and a new 5u7b89s thank you so much. >> bbc news, havana. >> it will be a great night. a few months back we had a blizzard here in washington and -- ncht pandas in the washt washington zoo frolicked in the snow. now that same panda is at that time again, enjoying a bubble bath for spring. he is once again a hit online a
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dorable. that brings today's broadcast to a close. thank you for watching and have a great weekend. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and hong kong tourism board. >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spots? i will show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll. it's a perfect, stunning backdrop for making romantic
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moments utterly unforgettable. i have lived in the city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it ime and again. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, more raids and arrests in brussels. we're on the ground as police and intelligence services try to track down the terrorists. and, there is a war of words between the two leading republican presidential candidates. it's friday; mark shields and david brooks are here, to analyze the week's news. plus, we head to kentucky, where promising programs help fight and prevent cancer among the poor. >> the challenge is educating them that they can do something about it, and that i can help them do something about it. >> woodruff: all that and more, on tonight's pbs newshour.


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